Alexander Isak could make his Newcastle debut against Liverpool tonight

Alexander Isak could make his Newcastle debut against Liverpool TONIGHT after the Magpies’ record-breaking £60million signing finally gave the game the green light after being given a work permit

  • Alexander Isak completed his £60million deal for Newcastle United last Friday
  • However, due to the striker’s visa problems, it was in doubt to face Liverpool on Thursday
  • In the meantime, however, the Ministry of the Interior has granted him a work permit
  • Boss Eddie Howe is now set to give him his debut at Anfield

Newcastle United have been given a huge boost ahead of their Liverpool clash after new signing Alexander Isak finally got his work permit so he can play.

There were doubts as to whether the Sweden international would be able to play as he failed to receive his visa on time despite signing for £60m from Real Sociedad last Friday.

After missing the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, the striker can now play for Eddie Howe’s team at Anfield on Thursday night, having now received his work permit from the Home Office.

Alexander Isak made his record move from Real Sociedad to Newcastle United last Friday

Alexander Isak made his record move from Real Sociedad to Newcastle United last Friday

Boss Eddie Howe is now set to give the Sweden international his debut against Liverpool

Boss Eddie Howe is now set to give the Sweden international his debut against Liverpool

There were fears Eddie Howe might not yet know if Isak would be available at Anfield until 75 minutes from kick-off, but the Newcastle boss is now expected to make his new signing debut sometime later in the evening.

The timing is particularly welcome for the Magpies, who face the tough test against Jurgen Klopp’s side and know they will be without Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, all absent with hamstring injuries.

Despite the work permit delays, Isak has been training with his teammates this week – which is not part of his permit – and Howe has been impressed with Isak.

The Magpies travel to Anfield for their fifth Premier League game of the season on Thursday night

The Magpies travel to Anfield for their fifth Premier League game of the season on Thursday night

Isak has been training with his new teammates but has only just received a work permit to play

Isak has been training with his new teammates but has only just received a work permit to play

“We trained with him minimally between games but what he did he did very well. He looked bright and sharp, but we’ve only seen him in flashes. I’m excited about him.”

Isak expressed his delight at the move to Tyneside, saying: “It’s been a big, big decision for me but it’s a decision I’m really happy with.

“It’s a great, historic club that everyone would love to play for, with great fans. They were a big part of why I came here – and also the club’s project, which I really believe in.

“I want to win things. I want to achieve the goals and objectives of the team.”

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